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Land Settlement, Scotland

Volume 155: debated on Monday 19 June 1922

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asked the Secretary for Scotland if Balaphetrish Farm, Tiree, is being broken up; whether ex-service men were promised to have land on this farm when broken up; how many ex-service men have been given land on this farm and how many civilians; and the amount of land now held by these civilians in addition to the amount of land given them on the breaking up of this farm?

I am aware that the farm referred to by the hon. Member has been divided into 37 new holdings and an area of common pasture. No promise of land on this farm was made to ex-service men. Of the 37 new holders, 10 served in the Navy, 10 in the Army, and 17 in the Mercantile Marine during the War. No separate area of land has been allocated to other holders, but the right to graze a specified number of cattle on the common pasture has been conceded, at the instance of the proprietor, to eight existing holders to compensate them for the loss of other grazing through drifting sand. I have no information as to the area of the holdings occupied by these men.